Perspective – The Great Truth


There is no meaning of life, just a reason for it. The elephants in the room that is human life are many, but the largest are the inevitability of our death and the circumstances of our birth.

Our existence is an accident of nature, a random event in a galaxy that contains a planet that just happens to host life forms; the most advanced in terms of evolution being the human race. Each of us is but a grain of sand on an infinite beach, stretching from the beginning of time. We are largely irrelevant, except unto ourselves and those with whom we interact. That is the great truth with which we so struggle.

Given what we know, blind faith holds no practical credence. The denial of the great truth and the belief that we are part of a grand plan administered by some sort of “god” is simply an antidote to the fear that our lives may, in fact, be meaningless and that we are alone.

For the sheer luck of being born we should obviously be thankful. And the fact that we were born into middle-class families in a first-world country should make us humble. But it seems increasingly that fewer people in this world exhibit these traits. Individualism has become the culture of capitalist western countries and competition its mantra. This is a denial of the great truth, that we are all part of a  society that at heart relies upon cooperation and a recognition that we are one. This rightly implies that we have a need, even an obligation, to care for each other, one that should be almost instinctive and never any kind of individual inconvenience.

Most of spend our given time thinking mainly about ourselves, our wants and needs, and our so-called goals. In fact, time is the most significant attribute of the gift of life. And how we spend this time is the living process. That’s all life really is, just filling in time. It is not about achieving recognition, or accumulating wealth, or acquiring power. The need for these things is the need for relevance, a relevance that is superficial and some of the means by which we manage the great truth. It can all be simply labelled distraction, the reason why so many people are obsessed with keeping “busy”. It’s a great mask that they wear to prevent any true recognition.

It would be a much happier, healthier and peaceful world if we all embraced the great truth. So, the next time you are tempted to think of yourself as important, stop and think about it. Then try to give your life its actual relevance. And smile. Embrace the joy of life. And stop feeling sorry for yourself.

Geoff Mooney.